Welcome to game day.
Note: All times listed in pacific.
4:18 p.m. - The Mariotaissance continues against the Jets
Marcus Mariota has battled poor coaching and injuries throughout his NFL career, but the pieces have begun to fall into place late in the 2018 season. Down late against the Jets, Mariota led the Titans down the field with his arm and legs, using the former to connect with Corey Davis for the go-ahead score. Mariota still has to play well more consistently, but the high ceiling remains for the former No. 2 overall pick.
In a stunning decision, the Packers have made an in-season coaching change, relieving headman Mike McCarthy of his duties and promoting offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to the top job on an interim basis. Green Bay has struggled offensively for a team that has Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. This change won't alter the Packers' 2018 outlook, but it could potentially mean different usage for their offensive skill positions.
Injuries have limited Doug Baldwin's impact all season, but he has started to turn the corner recently. Baldwin scored on a slant-flat route combination near the goal line, extending the Seahawks' lead to three scores. Baldwin now has two touchdowns over his last three games, a positive development for fantasy managers as the fantasy playoffs near.
Tyler Lockett has enjoyed a breakout season of sorts, reaching career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns with several weeks left to play. The wideout hauled in his ninth touchdown of the year during the first half of Sunday's game against the 49ers:
The lesson for defenses: Don't try to cover Lockett with a linebacker.
Tom Brady has made a big deal of his near two-decade pursuit of 1,000 career rushing yards, posting updates about it on his social media accounts. Today, the future Hall of Famer finally reached his goal.
By reaching the mark, Brady now ranks 98th in career rushing yards by a quarterback.
1:17 p.m. - Matt Nagy flexes on the Giants
After the successful PAT, the game has gone into overtime.
Presented without comment:
After a trip to the locker room for a concussion evaluation, rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has returned to the field. Jackson made his second NFL start today and has accounted for 117 passing yards as well as 35 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
12:16 p.m. - Let's get weird, NFC North
11:51 a.m. - Odell throws his second passing touchdown of the season
The Bears decided to go for it on fourth-and-goal from just beyond the goal line. Lacking their usual starting quarterback, head coach Matt Nagy decided to get creative:
While the Packers' season looks all but over, Davante Adams offers hope for their future. Adams scored his 11th touchdown of the season Sunday, beating Cardinals defensive back Budda Baker in the back of the end zone and somehow getting both of his feet down before momentum carried him out of bounds.
A star-crossed season for Greg Olsen has taken another unfortunate turn when the star tight end limped off the field with a foot injury. The Panthers have already ruled out a return which doesn't bode well for Olsen's immediate future. Of course, Olsen missed a chunk of the early season with a foot injury, so this situation merits considerable attention in the coming days.
Christian McCaffrey's breakout sophomore season continued unabated Sunday. On a designed rollout, Cam Newton found McCaffrey open in the flat and the running back did the rest. Note the way McCaffrey doesn't even load up on his leap and still hits the pylon. Perfect execution like that will help Carolina break out of its funk.
Hear me out. Lamar Jackson, one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football history with an extensive skill set, can do significant damage when he doesn't have to fight his play calls. The Ravens appear to have learned as much Sunday, allowing Jackson to run the option inside the red zone. The rookie quarterback should receive opportunities to show off his passing abilities today as well, but Baltimore should continue making life easy for Jackson.